There is a long history of producing lost wax casting in Niigata prefecture and they used to make salt pans and large bells used by temples, but the demands of these goods gradually declined making the life of craftsmen harder. They, then, started producing more valuable artistic works like vases and incense burners etc.
Hara family has been practicing casting production for 20 generations, but 4th generation using the lost wax casting method. It has been acknowledged as ‘Intangible Cultural Asset of Niigata Prefecture’ since 1978.
Process of making lost was casting is very time consuming and involves lots of procedures.
Firstly they make a wax casting model.
Then they mold it with a kind of sand and it is then heated to melt the wax. Melted metal is, then poured into the mold.
The sand made mold is then destroyed to take out the product and it is polished thoroughly afterward.
Simple lost wax casting vase with the reddish purple Hanshi(斑紫) patterns on the surface. The Hanshi patterns can be created with baking and heating using high quality coal fire. To let these pieces show the beautiful speckles, the process and timing of heating them up and pulling them out right before they melt down is crucial. This is the moment when products decide to show their own beauty brought through the power of the nature.
The size: 26.4 x 6.7cm
Price: 18,700 yen+tax
Bow shaped vase with black finishes. Black one is even harder to make. After the hanshi process as explained above, it is again heated many times with charcoal until it forms layers of oxidized film. It is then polished to show the reddish purple hanshi pattern.
The price: 16,500yen+tax
The size: 16 x 7cm
How to purchase them?
You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.
For domestic delivery within Japan, it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.
Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).
How to visit us in Tokyo?
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station （外苑前駅）Exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro. When you walk up the stairs of the exit 1b, you just need to walk straight for about 100m and our store is on the right side of the street on the ground floor.
Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya on Tokyo Metro Ginza line.
If you are a visitor, please bring your passport, so you can enjoy tax free shopping!
You can also find a map on our HP!
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2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo Japan 107–0062
For Japanese blog about this product, please visit our Japanese blog http://blog.goo.ne.jp/mabysoshite/e/46e9eadb1c2eab967498f32dcb82f951